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Silvicultural discipline to maintain Acadian forest resilience. 2007. Salonius, P.O. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 24: 91-97.

Year: 2007

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 27411

Language: English

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Abstract

Clearcut harvesting decreases structural complexity, eliminates old and genetically superior legacy trees, extirpates mature-forest floor vegetation, and creates hot and dry postharvest microclimates. The short-lived, exposure-tolerant, boreal tree species that regenerate in large forest openings are believed to be less able, than the late-successional Acadian species they replace, to adapt to the climate warming expected during the next forest rotation. A strip silviculture design is presented that includes limited canopy opening, "no-traffic" areas, maintenance of "full-cycle" survivors, and programmed return harvest intervals that approximate natural gap disturbance as a means of arresting the further increase of boreal species and restoring Acadian species on the landscape. Within the confines of this silvicultural discipline, two management options are described to accommodate extremes of future energy availability.